Funeral Mass for Milton Johnson, 89, of Killdeer, was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Killdeer with Father Darnis Selvanayakam celebrating. Burial took place in Grassy Butte Cemetery.
Visitation for Milton was from 4:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 at High Plains Cultural Center in Killdeer, with a rosary and vigil service being held at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, at the church.
Milton passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 west of Killdeer, surrounded by his family.
Milton was born Dec. 3, 1927, to Jerome Randolph and Ruth Agnes (Fisher) Johnson. He grew up on the family ranch west of Killdeer and attended country school as well as school in Killdeer. In his eighth-grade year, his dad broke his leg and Milton left school to help run the ranch. He later met Betty Lou Lanphear and they were married on Dec. 26, 1952 at Grassy Butte, N.D. After working at several McKenzie County ranches; including the Figure Four (Kennedy Ranch) and the Creighton Ranch, they moved to Grassy Butte to take over the Lanphear homestead. In 1974, they moved to the Lazy Tee Jay Ranch, west of Killdeer, and ran both ranches. Betty Lou and Milton were once named McKenzie County Family of the Year. In 2010, Betty Lou and Milton were Grand Marshalls of the Killdeer Fourth of July Parade.
Milton enjoyed riding a fast stepping horse, helping his neighbors, hunting, snowmobiling, and watching Westerns, rodeos, and the PBR. He took great pride in teaching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to ride and respect horses. He was happy to help many youth from the area shoot a deer or train a horse and then invited them in for a good meal! Milton always enjoyed sharing a sip of schnapps with his friends and family or a cup of coffee and caramel roll with neighbors. He will be remembered for his horsemanship, smile, kindness, generosity, storytelling abilities, great sense of humor and subtle wink. He was the world’s best husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle, friend and neighbor.
Milton is survived by his children, Fayleen (Tim) Fischer of Killdeer and Nanette (Todd) Edmondson of Killdeer, Verna (Ken) Kadrmas of Bismarck, N.D., Al (Wendy) Luckow of Thompson Falls, Mont., Jeff (Erin) Anderson of Stillwater, Minn.; 13 grandchildren, Kristle, Lacy, Dani (Brian), Justin ( Sylvannah), Britney (Tyler), Paige, Megan, Luke (Krystle ), Shannon (Kolie), Brant (Jacquelyn), Jared, Travis, Jolie and Aiden; 16 great-grandchildren, Ty, Mya, Lily, Jace, Finley, Brekyn, Truett, JW, Emery, Maverik, Breyton, Tenley, Tyson, Zander, Owen, Kimberlynn, Jazy and Izy; and sister, Dorothy Foell and brother in law, Bob Olson, sisters in law, Betty Johnson and Idella Johnson, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou; parents, Jerome and Ruth; daughter, Milody; sister, Blanche Bang; and brothers, Duane and Clayton Johnson.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com.
Stevenson Funeral Home of Killdeer, N.D. was in charge of arrangements.